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2016: “Social Engineering” Malware Attacks Are Gaining Sophistication

Spam and other email-borne malware attacks have always contained an element of “social engineering”, which is to make you think the email is from a legitimate source and worth opening. For example, it's easy for a spam email to start with “Dear Frank”. Why? Because if your email is, it's an easy assumption to make. (There are also millions of spam messages that say “Dear Sales” or “Dear No-Reply”).

But as of 2016, the sophistication of these social engineering attacks seems to have stepped up a notch, as with the following sample:

Here the scammer has extracted a full name, business name and title from some internet service.

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